No. 14/12 Football opens season at Holy Cross on Thursday (7:30 p.m.)
No. 14/12 New Hampshire (0-0, 0-0 CAA) at Holy Cross (0-0, 0-0 Patriot League)
Aug. 30, 2012 • 7:30 p.m. • Fitton Field • Worcester, Mass.
Radio: Wildcat Sports Radio Network
Bob Lipman (play-by-play) • Chris Chandler (analyst)
•UNH and Holy Cross square off for the 13th time ever and open a season head-to-head for the sixth time. The Wildcat-Crusader all-time series is tied, 6-6. While New Hampshire captured last season's matchup, 39-32, Holy Cross won the most recent season-opening encounter, 19-14, in 1978, and leads in opening tilts, 3-2.
•With a No. 14 ranking in The Sports Network preseason poll, the 'Cats extended their weeks-ranked streak to 113 in a row. Only Montana (193) has a longer string among all FCS schools.
•Speaking of streaks, UNH leads all of FCS football with eight consecutive years in the NCAA Championship playoff field. The Wildcats lost a 26-25 second-round game at Montana State on a blocked PAT with six seconds remaining to end their '11 season.
•Sean Goldrich won the preseason battle to claim the starting QB post. Goldrich is believed to be the first redshirt freshman signal caller to start a season opener since freshmen became eligible in 1972. Backup QB Andy Vailas is expected to see action.
•After leading the team in rushing yards for two consecutive years, senior co-captain Dontra Peters turns his primary focus to defense as a starting cornerback. Peters, who will still see time at RB and returning kickoffs, was a DB during his redshirt season before going on to rush for 1,481 yards and 16 TDs in three years.
•Senior co-captain Matt Evans, the reigning Buck Buchanan Award winner as the nation's top defensive player in FCS football, enters the season 100 tackles shy of UNH's all-time leader Steve Doig (434 , 1978-81). Evans, who led the nation with 7.67 solo tackles/game in '11, was named the CAA Preseason Defensive Player of the Year.
•UNH is 10-3 in season openers under head coach Sean McDonnell, including wins in seven of their last nine opening games. In '11, UNH lost at Toledo, 58-22, the most lopsided defeat in the Coach Mac era.
•The Wildcats are a perfect 4-0 against Patriot League teams in the Coach Mac era.
113 WEEKS IN A ROW: With a No. 14 ranking in The Sports Network Preseason Poll, UNH enters the 2012 season with a streak of 113 straight weeks ranked in the Top 25. The nation's second-longest streak, which dates back to Sept. 13, 2004, has been bettered only by Montana (193 weeks). Delaware, at a distant 30 weeks, has the second-longest ranked tenure in the CAA.
School Consecutive Weeks Ranked
Appalachian State 97
Delaware (2nd-longest in CAA) 30
OFFENSE PLAYERS TO WATCH
5 SEAN GOLDRICH 6-3, 205 R-Fr. West Haven, Conn. QB
Won the starting quarterback job with strong training camp, edging Andy Vailas and James Brady... went 10-for-19 for 89 yards in fall Blue-White Game... completed 10 of 15 passes for 147 yards and a TD (32 yards to Joey Orlando) in spring Blue-White Game; added 61 yards on 10 rushes and an 11-yard scoring run... redshirted 2011 season... compiled a 25-4 record as starting quarterback for coach Tom Marcucci at Notre Dame High School in West Haven, Conn., including a state championship in his junior year... as senior, named All-State, All-Area, All-League, All-Southern Connecticut Conference
15 R.J. HARRIS 6-0, 194 So. Odenton, Md. WR
Named to Phil Steele's Preseason All-CAA Second Team; publication ranked him No. 23 WR in nation... placed on CFPA WR Award Watch List... named to College Sports Madness Preseason All-CAA Second Team... named Beyond Sports Network Preseason All-American Honorable Mention... AS REDSHIRT FRESHMAN: Tabbed to College Sports Journal All-Freshman Team & All-CAA Second Team... recorded four 100-yard receiving games and was two-time CAA Rookie of Week... made 50 receptions for team-high 714 yards and team-leading seven touchdown catches (tied for CAA lead) in 11 games... led 'Cats with 14.3 yards/catch and 64.9 yards/game with season-high 66-yard reception (TD vs Villanova)
22 NICO STERITI 5-11, 220 So. Toms River, N.J. RB
AS REDSHIRT FRESHMAN: Played in all 12 games, carrying 65 times for 370 yards (30.8 yards/game) and three touchdowns... averaged team-leading 5.7 yards/carry and recorded team season-long 87-yard rush (at Toledo)... made 19 receptions for 218 yards, averaging 11.5 yards/catch and 18.2 yards/game... returned 13 kickoffs for 278 yards (21.4 yards/return) with long of 71 yards vs Maine... returned six kickoffs for 135 yards, with a high of 39 yards, in second-round playoff loss at Montana State... set career highs with 21 rushes for 150 yards in win vs Maine, scoring on an 18-yard carry; added personal-best 71-yard kick return and three receptions for 16 yards to compile 237 all-purpose yards
84 JOEY ORLANDO 5-11, 197 Sr. Bethlehem, Pa. WR
Named Phil Steele's Preseason All-CAA Honorable Mention; garnered publication's preseason No. 33 national ranking... placed on CFPA Punt Returner Award Watch List... AS JUNIOR: Named All-CAA Third Team wide receiver... started all 12 games... led team with 54 receptions for 679 yards and three touchdowns... averaged 12.6 yards/reception and 56.6 yards/game with long reception of 61 yards (vs Rhode Island)... served as team's lone punt returner with 13 returns for 138 yards, averaging 10.6 yards/return with 56-yard TD return (at Lehigh)... AS SOPHOMORE: Appeared in all 13 games, starting 12... made 50 catches for 585 yards and six touchdowns, ranking second on team in receptions, TD catches and yardage... averaged 11.7 yards per catch and 45.0 yards per game
DEFENSIVE PLAYERS TO WATCH
1 DONTRA PETERS 5-11, 200 Sr. (C) Annapolis, Md. CB
Made transition to cornerback in training camp after serving as team's leading rusher each of last two seasons... slated to start opposite Chris Houston... will still work as running back and kick returner... named to Phil Steele's Preseason All-CAA Second Team at running back; listed as preseason No. 18 kick returner and No. 19 RB in nation... selected to CFPA Running Back and CFPA Kickoff Returner Award Watch List... named to College Sports Madness Preseason All-CAA Second Team at RB and Third Team as kick returner... elected as team co-captain... AS JUNIOR: Played in 11 games, with 10 starts... rushed for team-leading 595 yards and added seven touchdowns on 117 attempts... averaged 5.1 yards/rush and team-leading 54.1 rushing yards/game (9th in CAA)... added 27 receptions (4th on team) for 174 yards... averaged 6.4 yards/reception and 15.8 rec. yards/game with a long of 20 yards in win at Richmond... returned 31 kickoffs, tying school single-season record, for 764 yards (24.6 yards/return) with a long of 70 yards at Richmond... ranked second in CAA with 139.4 all-purpose yards/game... ranked third in CAA with 24.6 yards per kickoff return... AS SOPHOMORE: Named to All-CAA Third Team... played in 12 games, rushing for team-leading 707 yards on 142 attempts...Scored seven rushing TDs to lead team
31 CHRIS BERANGER 5-11, 198 Jr. Winthrop, Mass. FS
Named Phil Steele's Preseason All-CAA Honorable Mention and ranked publication's No. 5 free safety nationally... named to College Sports Madness Preseason All-CAA First Team... named to Beyond Sports Network Preseason All-American Third Team... AS SOPHOMORE: Started all 12 games at free safety... ranked second on team with 142 tackles and 77 solo stops... 142 tackles ranks No. 4 in school single-season history... had one sack, one interception, two forced fumbles and team-leading five pass breakups... ranked third in CAA and ninth in nation with 11.8 tackles/game... ranked third in CAA and eighth in country with 6.4 solo tackles/game... ranked third in CAA and fifth in FCS with 142 total tackles.. ranked second in CAA and third in country with 77 solo tackles... led team in tackles in seven of 12 games and registered double-digit tackles in eight games
54 ALAN BUZBEE 6-3, 235 Sr. (C) Chester, N.J. LB
Senior co-captain will start alongside fellow co-captain Matt Evans at LB in 4-2-5 defense for third straight year... AS JUNIOR: Received CAA Commissioner's Academic Award... started all 12 games at MLB... ranked third on team with 88 tackles and 44 unassisted stops... recorded 6 tackles for loss, 1 sack, 1 interception and tied for team lead with 5 pass breakups... recovered a fumble and notched two QB hurries... AS SOPHOMORE: Played in 12 games, including 10 starts... ranked third on team with 86 tackles, including 42 unassisted stops... registered eight tackles for loss, one-half sack, two forced fumbles, a pass break-up and a QB hurry
90 JARED SMITH 6-3, 292 Sr. Greencastle, Pa. DT
Named to inaugural Senior Bowl Watch List... named Phil Steele's Preseason All-CAA Honorable Mention; ranked publication's preseason No. 23 defensive tackle nationally... AS JUNIOR: Started in all 12 games at defensive tackle... his 43 tackles ranked second among 'Cats defensive linemen... posted 21 solo stops, 5.5 tackles for loss, 2.5 sacks and a blocked kick... posted multiple tackles in all 12 games... AS SOPHOMORE: Received CAA Commissioner's Academic Award... played in all 13 games, recording 38 tackles, eight solo... started five of last six games at DT... had 7.5 tackles for loss, tied for most among interior linemen... registered four sacks, tied for second-most on team
LAST MEETING, OCT. 1, 2011: DURHAM, N.H.- Kevin Decker passed for career highs of 352 yards and four touchdowns, the final one a 60-yard strike to Justin Mello with 1:10 remaining in the game, to propel the No. 7/9 University of New Hampshire football team a 39-32 victory over Holy Cross before 8,307 fans at Cowell Stadium on Saturday afternoon. The Wildcats (3-1, 1-0 CAA) notched their third straight victory and made it seven consecutive wins in home openers at Mooradian Field. The Crusaders (2-2, 1-0 Patriot League) saw their two-game winning streak snapped in the first meeting between the two New England Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) schools since 1984. Decker went 23 of 31 and threw his four scoring passes to four different receivers. Mello eclipsed the 100-yard receiving mark for the first time in his career, tallying two receptions for a team-leading 107 yards. Mickey Mangieri, seeing his first game action since Dec. 5, 2009, posted career bests with six receptions for 102 yards and a touchdown. Dontra Peters recorded his first 100-yard rushing game of the year, gaining 104 yards on 18 carries. Chris Beranger made a team-high 12 stops for his third double-digit tackle performance in four games while Matt Evans made it four straight games in double-figure tackles with 11 stops. Ryan Taggart played valiantly in the losing effort for Holy Cross, completing 40 of 57 passes for 412 yards and two touchdowns, but he was intercepted by Manny Asam in the first quarter, snapping his school record of 209 consecutive passes without an INT. Taggart also led his team's ground attack, rushing 12 times for 55 yards and a pair of touchdowns. Kyle Toulouse amassed 13 receptions for 110 yards and Gerald Mistretta added six catches for 136 yards to lead the Crusaders' receiving corps. UNH snapped a 32-32 tie when Decker, on 3rd-and-8 from the UNH 40, found a streaking Mello down the right sideline for the longest pass play of the season and the sophomore receiver's first career TD reception. Holy Cross moved the ball to the UNH 33 on its final possession, but the last-ditch effort fell short when Taggart's pass intended for Jon Smith in the UNH end zone was batted away as time expired. The Wildcats jumped out to a 7-0 lead with 8:29 left in the first quarter when Decker hit Jimmy Giansante (one catch-27 yards, TD) for a 27-yard score. Holy Cross tallied its first points with 3:23 remaining in the first courtesy of a 33-yard field goal from John Macomber to trim New Hampshire's lead to 7-3. The Crusaders moved in front, 10-7, for its only lead on a three-yard touchdown pass from Taggart to Mike Fess (11 catches, 95 yards, TD) with 9:06 left in the half. The 'Cats seized the lead right back on a 31-yard Decker-to-Mangieri TD followed by Decker's full-extension leap over the goal line on the successful two-point conversion for a 15-10 lead with 6:46 to go in the half. UNH took an 18-10 lead to the locker room when Mike MacArthur kicked a 25-yard field goal on the final play of the half. The Wildcats' biggest lead of the afternoon came after a nine-play, 79-yard drive capped by Decker's third scoring strike of the day, a five-yard pass to Joey Orlando with 10:22 to play in the third quarter for a 25-13 lead. Orlando, who totaled 54 receiving yards in the contest, paced UNH with seven catches. Holy Cross responded with an 87-yard scoring drive that culminated in Taggart's 10-yard TD run with 7:53 left in the third. The Crusaders cut the deficit to 25-19, but Macomber's PAT failed. The Crusaders saw an opportunity to take the lead go by the boards after a second missed point-after with 11:36 left in the game. Moments earlier, Mistretta caught a 4th-and-3 pass from Taggart and raced 35 yards to the end zone, tying the score at 25-25. New Hampshire reclaimed the lead, 32-25, when Chris Setian (eight rushes-64 yards, TD) bruised his way in for a one-yard TD rush with 9:53 left in the fourth. The score was set up by Decker's 47-yard completion to Mello down to the Holy Cross 1. Taggart once again brought the Crusaders even at 32 apiece by scampering in for a 13-yard touchdown, his second of the game, with 2:30 left in the contest.
SERIES HISTORY- SERIES TIED, 6-6: The Wildcats’ 39-32 victory over the Crusaders at Cowell Stadium last October rekindled a New England football rivalry that had been dormant for 27 seasons. Holy Cross posted a 13-0 triumph in the first-ever meeting Oct. 2, 1909 in Worcester. The Wildcats’ first home game vs the Crusaders was actually played in Manchester, N.H., on Nov. 19, 1921. The two schools would not battle at Cowell Stadium until Sept. 22, 1973, and the ‘Cats would not beat Holy Cross in Durham until Sept. 10, 1977. The last time these squads squared off at Fitton Field, UNH running back Andre Garron carried 28 times for 138 yards and two touchdowns to lead the Wildcats to a 14-13 victory Nov. 10, 1984. Andre’s son, Jordan, is a freshman RB for the ‘12 Wildcats.
2011 Tale of the Tape
Totals (NCAA Rank)
|Total Offense||427.8 (18)||400.9 (29)|
|Rush Offense||153.08 (57)||132.9 (77)|
|Pass Offense||274.7 (16)||268.0 (21)|
|Scoring Offense||32.8 (19)||22.9 (81)|
|Total Defense||427.5 (105)||342.4 (34)|
|Rush Defense||180.8 (94)||147.2 (50)|
|Pass Defense||246.7 (105)||195.2 (38)|
|Scoring Defense||31.6 (95)||20.0 (T-19)|
|Possession Avg.||26:53 (109)||30:00 (67)|
|Sacks Allowed/Yards Lost||33/210 (87)||21/153 (T-53)|
|Sacks Made/Yards||23/142 (67)||25/156 (T-35)|
|Penalties Against/Yards||67/587 (40)||53/444 (T-14)|
|Punts/Net Avg.||40/35.4 (43)||41/35.7 (36)|
|Turnover Differential||-2 (64)||-6 (T-86)|
|3rd Down Conversion%||49.0 (5)||37.1 (65)|
|4th Down Conversion%||40.0 (T-76)||48.2 (58)|
|Red Zone Offense%||83.0 (T-48)||80.0 (T-63)|
|Red Zone Defense%||86.0 (94)||69.0 (13)|
SCOUTING THE CRUSADERS: Holy Cross has posted seven straight winning seasons, including a 6-5 mark in 2011. The last time the Crusaders posted a winning mark in seven straight seasons was from 1986-92. Holy Cross and UNH are two of only 12 FCS teams in the nation with seven straight winning seasons, along with Appalachian State, Drake, Harvard, Jacksonville State, James Madison, McNeese State, Montana, Montana State, Northern Iowa and South Carolina State.
HOLY CROSS PLAYERS TO WATCH: Though the Crusaders must replace graduated QB Ryan Taggart, they do boast the return of their top five WRs from last season. Senior wide out Gerald Mistretta caught 60 passes for 723 yards and six touchdowns to lead the team in all three categories and earn All-Patriot League First Team honors. He had six catches for a career-best 136 yards and a touchdown at UNH. Junior Mike Fess ranked second on the team with 45 receptions for 417 yards and two scores last season, and was selected Second Team All-Patriot League. He set career-highs by catching 11 passes for 95 yards and a score at UNH. Junior wide out Kyle Toulouse stood third on the squad with 40 catches for 472 yards and three touchdowns a year ago. He posted a career-high 13 receptions for a career-best 110 yards at New Hampshire, tying for second place on the school single-game list for most catches.
The Holy Cross defense held the opposition to just 20.0 points and 342.4 total yards per game in 2011, its best campaign since 1992. Senior strong safety Tom Mannix is coming off a strong season in the Holy Cross secondary, which saw him earn All-Patriot League Second Team honors. Mannix ranked second on the team with 87 total tackles last year, to go along with three forced fumbles, an interception, a fumble recovery and 10 pass breakups.
LIGHTNING STRIKING TWICE?: The last time a UNH freshman quarterback debuted in a Thursday night game was Sept. 2, 2004. That night, unheralded Ricky Santos guided the Wildcats to a 24-21 upset of defending national champion Delaware at Delaware Stadium. Santos went on to become the most accomplished QB in school history.
LIGHTS, ACTION: Thursday’s game marks only the second night game in Fitton Field history. The Crusaders’ only other night home game was Sept. 1, 2011, against UMass. The Minutemen won that contest, 24-16.
UNH SEASON OPENERS IN COACH MAC ERA: The Wildcats are 10-3 all-time in season openers under Coach Mac with triumphs in seven of their last nine opening games. UNH has won three of its last four opening games. Here is a game-by-game look at season-opening games in the Coach Mac era:
|1999||Rhode Island||Away||W, 37-14|
|2002||Kent State||Away||L, 7-34|
|2003||Central Ct. State||Home||W, 70-20|
|2005||UC Davis||Away||W, 17-13|
|2007||James Madison||Away||L, 24-41|
|2009||St. Francis (Pa.)||Home||W, 24-14|
|2010||Central Ct. State||Home||W, 33-3|
MAC PERFECT VS PATRIOT: UNH head football coach Sean McDonnell is a perfect 4-0 coaching against Patriot League opponents. His Wildcats knocked off Colgate, 55-21, in the opening round of the 2005 NCAA Division I-AA (now FCS) playoffs at Cowell Stadium. The ‘Cats more recently defeated Lehigh in back-to-back seasons following up a 31-10 home triumph against the Mountain Hawks in 2010 with last season’s thrilling 48-41 overtime win in Bethlehem, Pa.
TOUGH ROAD BEHIND: The Wildcats begin the season with back-to-back road games a year after posting a 2-4 road record. UNH’s two wins were hard-fought battles: an OT 48-41 victory at Lehigh on Sept. 10 and a 45-43 squeaker at Richmond on Sept. 24., which represents their last road win. New Hampshire looks to snap a three-game road losing streak Thursday night.
UNH-HOLY CROSS OPENING ACTS: The Wildcats are opening their season with the Crusaders for the sixth time ever. Holy Cross holds a 3-2 lead in opening-game matchups, most recently defeating UNH 19-14 in 1978. Here is a list of the all-time opening-game battles between these traditional New England gridiron rivals, dating back to Oct. 2, 1909:
HOLY OFFENSE: Even though UNH defeated Holy Cross last season, the Crusaders totaled the most passing yards (412) and first downs (30) of any 2011 Wildcat opponent.
ALL NATURAL: Thursday’s game at Fitton Field marks the first of two games the Wildcats will play on natural grass this season. UNH, which defeated Lehigh, 48-41, in overtime in its only game on grass last year, will also play on the real stuff at Rhode Island on Oct. 27.
NATION-LEADING EIGHT STRAIGHT FCS POSTSEASONS: UNH has qualifed for the NCAA FCS Championship tournament for eight straight years, the longest span in the nation. Here is a breakdown of UNH’s all-time postseason record (home games in BOLD), beginning with its lone bowl appearance in 1947 at the Glass Bowl:
|1947||Glass Bowl||Toledo||L, 14-20|
|1975||D-II Quarterfinals||Lehigh||W, 35-21|
|1975||D-II Semifinals||W. Kentucky||L, 3-14|
|1976||D-II Quarterfinals||Montana State||L, 16-17|
|1991||I-AA First Round||Samford||L, 13-29|
|1994||I-AA First Round||App. State||L, 10-17(OT)|
|2004||I-AA First Round||Ga. Southern||W, 27-23|
|2004||I-AA Quarterfinals||Montana||L, 17-47|
|2005||I-AA First Round||Colgate||W, 55-21|
|2005||I-AA Quarterfinals||Northern Iowa||L, 21-24|
|2006||FCS First Round||Hampton||W, 41-38|
|2006||FCS Quarterfinals||UMass||L, 17-24|
|2007||FCS First Round||Northern Iowa||L, 35-38|
|2008||FCS First Round||Southern Illinois||W, 29-20|
|2008||FCS Quarterfinals||Northern Iowa||L, 34-36|
|2009||FCS First Round||McNeese State||W, 49-13|
|2009||FCS Quarterfinals||Villanova||L, 7-46|
|2010||FCS Second Round||Bethune-Cook.||W, 45-20|
|2010||FCS Quarterfinals||Delaware||L, 3-16|
|2011||FCS Second Round||Montana State||L, 25-26|
JARED SMITH NAMED TO SENIOR BOWL WATCH LIST: Senior defensive tackle Jared Smith was selected to the inaugural Watch List for the 2013 Senior Bowl, the nation’s premier college football all-star game, scheduled for Saturday, January 26, in Mobile’s Ladd-Peebles Stadium.
Smith is one of only 29 players from non-FBS schools, including four from the Colonial Athletic Association (CAA), on the Watch List. The Southeastern Conference (SEC), winners of the last six BCS National Championships, leads all conferences with 71 players on the list of 309 seniors and top NFL prospects.
The 6-foot-3, 292-pound interior lineman is slated to start at defensive tackle when the No. 14/12 Wildcats open their season at Holy Cross on Thursday, August 30 (7:30 p.m.). Smith, who garnered Phil Steele’s Preseason All-CAA Honorable Mention as the publication’s 23rd-ranked DT nationally in FCS football, started all 12 games last season. His 43 tackles ranked second among UNH’s defensive linemen; he posted 21 solo stops, 5.5 tackles for loss, 2.5 sacks and a blocked kick. His 8.5 career sacks rank first among all current ‘Cats, and he enters the season with 89 career stops.
“The Senior Bowl is very pleased to announce our first-ever official Watch List,” Senior Bowl executive director Phil Savage said. “We want both college and pro football fans to enjoy tracking the players on our list as they begin their journey towards the Senior Bowl and the 2013 NFL Draft. We have included prospects from almost every level of the college game and look forward to monitoring their progress throughout the upcoming season.”
The top 100 seniors in the country will be invited to participate in the all-star game. Appearing on the Watch List is not a requirement for a player to earn an invitation to the Senior Bowl.
The Senior Bowl is college football’s premier senior showcase event, annually featuring the nation’s best senior collegiate football stars and top NFL draft prospects on teams coached by NFL coaching staffs. Senior Bowl practices and game-week festivities are attended by more than 800 general managers, head coaches, assistant coaches, scouts and other front office personnel from all 32 National Football League teams, making Mobile and the Senior Bowl the week-long host to a one-of-a-kind NFL Coaches Convention. For more information on the 2013 Senior Bowl, please visit the bowl’s website at www.seniorbowl.com.
BLUE-WHITE FALL GAME RECAP: Redshirt freshman Mike Kelly (Merrimack, N.H.) made five receptions for 103 yards and two touchdowns as Team Cats defeated Team Wild, 24-7, in the University of New Hampshire football team’s Blue-White Game on Tuesday afternoon at Cowell Stadium.
Freshman quarterback Chris McCormick (Winooski, Vt.) completed 7 of 11 passes for 108 yards with two TDs -both to Kelly. The first hookup went for 18 yards with 1:09 left in the first quarter to extend Team Cats’ lead to 10-0; their second connection was a 34-yard score with 3:39 remaining in the second quarter for a 17-7 lead.
Team Cats initiated the scoring on a 36-yard field goal off the foot of Anthony Guidice (Nashua, N.H.) with 7:37 remaining in the first quarter to seize a 3-0 lead.
Team Wild’s lone touchdown came courtesy of a four-yard scamper from sophomore QB Andy Vailas (Bedford, N.H.) with 8:36 left in the second quarter to trim the margin to 10-7. Vailas finished the game 17 of 22 for 97 yards. Sean Goldrich (West Haven, Conn.) went 10-for-19 for 89 yards and two interceptions.
Freshman quarterback Adam Riese (Hamilton, N.J./5 of 8, 53 yards) accounted for the final touchdown of the day when he scored on a one-yard keeper with 2:02 left in the third quarter.
UNH’s defense controlled the majority of play, forcing seven turnovers on four fumbles and three interceptions. Freshman defensive back Hayden Knudson (Alexandria, Va.) led the way with a team-high six tackles and an interception. Senior defensive tackle Jared Smith (Greencastle, Pa.) and redshirt freshman cornerback Lamar Edmonds (Worcester, Mass./four tackles) each snared INTs. Fumbles were forced by senior linebacker Matt Evans (Hanover, Mass./one tackle), sophomore LB Shane McNeely (Whitehall, Pa./three tackles), redshirt freshman safety Keith Parkinson (Fort Lauderdale, Fla./two tackles) and junior defensive tackle Jimmy Vailas (Bedford, N.H./one tackle).
WILDCATS TO BE TELEVISED FIVE TIMES IN 2012: The Wildcats, who will appear on the Big Ten Network for the first time ever when they visit Minnesota (Saturday, Sept. 8, 12 p.m.), are slated to appear on Comcast SportsNet Regional four times in CAA league games: at Old Dominion (Saturday, Sept. 22, 12 p.m.); Homecoming vs Richmond (Saturday, Oct. 13, 12 p.m.); at Maine (Saturday, Oct. 20, 12 p.m.) and Senior Day at Cowell Stadium against Towson (Saturday, Nov. 17, 12 p.m.).
Check CAAFootball.com and local listings for specific channels. Here is a glance at the current UNH football TV schedule:
|Sept. 8||at Minnesota||12 p.m.||Big Ten Network|
|Sept. 22||at Old Dominion*||12 p.m.||CSN|
|Oct. 13||RICHMOND*||12 p.m.||CSN|
|Oct. 20||at Maine*||12 p.m.||CSN|
|Nov. 17||TOWSON*||12 p.m.||CSN|
* - CAA Conference Game
All Caps - Home Game
WILDCAT SPORTS RADIO NETWORK: Wildcat Sports Properties (WSP), a property of Learfield Sports, announced that veteran sportscaster Bob Lipman and former University of New Hampshire wide receiver Chris Chandler will serve as the broadcast duo for the 2012 UNH football season on the Wildcat Sports Radio Network.
Lipman, who enters his second year on the network and first year as play-by-play announcer, is a two-time recipient of the New Hampshire Sportscaster of the Year award (1999, 2006). After working alongside UNH Hall of Famer Jim Jeannotte as color commentator in 2011, Lipman assumes the role of Voice of the Wildcats this season. The East Brunswick, N.J., native and Concord, N.H., resident has been broadcasting New Hampshire sports since 1984, including the past nine years with the Eastern League’s New Hampshire Fisher Cats, Double-A affiliate of the Toronto Blue Jays, and 10 seasons (2001-10) as part of the Dartmouth College football broadcast team. The Vanderbilt University graduate is the operations manager at WTPL Radio in Concord, where he also works as the producer and co-host of the Bob Lobel Show.
Chandler gears up for his radio debut after six seasons as a Wildcat from 2006-11. The two-time CAA Academic All-Conference Team member (2010-11) earned the team’s Eugene K. Auerbach Student-Athlete Award last season. The Wakefield, Mass., native earned a master’s degree in Business Administration with a focus in finance and entrepreneurship earlier this year; he graduated in May 2011 with dual bachelor of arts degrees in Earth Science and Economics. On the field, 18 of Chandler’s 31 career receptions came in 2011, when he racked up 170 yards in 11 games, including 10 starts. He secured a career-high 63-yard touchdown reception in a 2010 NCAA second-round playoff victory at Bethune-Cookman. Prior to playing at UNH, Chandler was a 2,000-yard receiver at Malden (Mass.) Catholic High School before playing a post-graduate season at Bridgton Academy.
The Wildcat Sports Radio Network consists of flagship station WGIR (610-AM) in Manchester, which has been headquarters for UNH play-by-play since 2008, The Wave (WQSO 96.7-FM) in Portsmouth, the Sports Animal (WPKX 930-AM) in Rochester, WNTK (99.7 FM) in New London and WSMN (1590-AM) in Nashua, plus all broadcasts are streamed live and archived via Stretch Internet at www.unhwildcats.com. All game broadcasts begin 30 minutes prior to kickoff.
UNH COACH’S SHOW WITH SEAN MCDONNELL: The UNH Coach’s Show with head football coach Sean McDonnell. premieres Sept. 3 live from Buffalo Wild Wings at the Fox Run Mall in Newington.
Fans can join coach McDonnell, host Mike Murphy and members of the Wildcat football team live at Buffalo Wild Wings Monday nights from 7-8pm, or listen to the live broadcast on the stations along the Wildcat Sports Radio Network.
VIDEO STREAMING OF ALL HOME GAMES: UNH is once again partnering with Pack Network to provide online streaming of UNH football in 2012. In addition to streaming all live home games, the Wildcat All-Access Pass on UNHwildcats.tv also provides an in-depth archive section, interviews, highlight packages and much more. It is the ideal way for Wildcats’ fans, alumni and other supporters to keep track of their favorite teams all season long when they can’t make it to the games in Durham.
CAA WEEKLY MEDIA TELECONFERENCE: The CAA Football coaches will hold a weekly media teleconference Mondays throughout the 2012 regular season and into the postseason.
The scheduled calls will come to an end when the final CAA Football team completes its season in the 2012 NCAA Division I National Championships. Coaches and a selected student-athlete will participate in the postseason calls if their teams are still alive in Championship play.
The teleconference will open with the release of the selected player of the week winners, a recap of the weekend and a preview of the upcoming week. CAA Football coaches will be available to answer questions beginning at 10:10 a.m. (ET).
Over the course of the season the league will incorporate a featured student-athlete segment at 12 p.m., should the demand dictate. The league office will announce when the student-athlete segment will be used in advance of the specific call.
Audio files from each of the weekly teleconferences will be archived on The CAA Football Pressbox website via CAAFootball.com each Monday after 1 p.m.
A free LIVE audio stream of each weekly teleconference will be available on CAAFootball.com beginning shortly before 10 a.m., and lasting the duration of the call. Any media members or fans tweeting comments made on the live teleconference are encouraged to use the CAA Football teleconference hashtag: #CAAFBtc or the official CAA Football hashtag: #CAAFB. Here is the lineup:
10:00 a.m. - CAA Football Update
10:10 a.m. - Jack Cosgrove, Maine
10:20 a.m. - Sean McDonnell, New Hampshire
10:30 a.m. - Joe Trainer, Rhode Island
10:40 a.m. - Andy Talley, Villanova
10:50 a.m. - K.C. Keeler, Delaware
11:00 a.m. - Rob Ambrose, Towson
11:10 a.m. - Mickey Matthews, James Madison
11:20 a.m. - Danny Rocco, Richmond
11:30 a.m. - Jimmye Laycock, William and Mary
11:40 a.m. - Bobby Wilder, Old Dominion
11:50 a.m. - Bill Curry, Georgia State